The Guide to Exposition Park in Downtown LA
World-class cultural attractions and sports venues
Founded as an agricultural park in 1872, Exposition Park is the home of some of LA's greatest cultural attractions and sports venues, including the California African American Museum, California Science Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and BMO Stadium. Located across the street from USC in Downtown LA, Exposition Park is easily accessed by the Metro E Line (Expo).
NOTE: Hours and opening dates change frequently. Check individual websites for updated information.
Home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club and National Women’s Soccer League’s Angel City FC, the 22,000-seat BMO Stadium (formerly Banc of California Stadium) opened in April 2018 and is the first open-air stadium built in LA since Dodger Stadium in 1962. Located on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the state-of-the-art stadium also hosts concerts, special events and festivals throughout the year.
California African American Museum
Located at the eastern end of Exposition Park, the California African American Museum (CAAM) exists to research, collect, preserve and interpret the history, art and culture of African Americans. Opened during the 1984 Summer Olympics, the museum conserves more than 3,500 objects of art, historical artifacts and memorabilia.
CAAM also maintains a Research Library with a non-circulating collection of more than 6,000 books, periodicals, records and ephemera. The collection is available for use by the public, from students and teachers to researchers, curators, historians, and rare book enthusiasts.
California Science Center
The West Coast’s largest hands-on science center, the California Science Center spans more than 400,000 square feet and includes several permanent exhibits: Fire! Science & Safety, Life! Beginnings, Ecosystems, Air & Space, and the Roy A. Anderson Blackbird Exhibit & Garden. Housed in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, the Space Shuttle Endeavour is one of four orbiters to go on permanent display after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle program.
The museum also features a seven-story IMAX theatre with next-generation, 12-channel surround sound. Movies like Under the Sea and Journey to Space are shown in 3D on a laser projection system for an unforgettable immersive experience. IMAX movies and special exhibits require separate tickets for admission.
Exposition Park Rose Garden
Spanning seven acres, the Exposition Park Rose Garden features more than 20,000 rose bushes representing over 200 varieties. In 1936, four large marble statues by Danish sculptor Thyra Boldsen were installed on pedestals at the four corners of the garden. The statues were titled "Nymph Finding Pipes of Pan," "The Blessing,” "The Start" and "Terpsichore" (or "Melody of Life"). Its gazebos, statues and central fountain make the sunken garden a popular picnic, wedding and photography destination. The Exposition Park Rose Garden was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Built as a private/public partnership on the site of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics Swim Stadium, EXPO Center is the largest recreational facility in L.A. County and welcomes families from throughout its diverse communities.
One of LA's best aquatic centers, the LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium is open to the public year-round and features a 50-meter competition pool and adjacent recreation pool for kids. EXPO Center also includes the Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center, Ahmanson Senior Center, Ralph M. Parsons Preschool, Soboroff Sports Field, and W.M. Keck Amphitheatre.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Opened in June 1923, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the largest football stadium in the Pac-12 conference and is the home field of the USC Trojans. The Coliseum is the first stadium in history to host the Summer Olympics twice (1932 and 1984) and will host the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad in 2028.
The stadium has hosted decades of historic events, including the 1959 World Series (the Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2), Super Bowl I (1967), Super Bowl VII (the 1973 Miami Dolphins perfect season), Wattstax music festival, Evel Knievel’s 50-car jump, and concerts by some of the biggest names in music. On March 29, 2008, the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox set a Guinness World Record for the largest attendance ever at a baseball game with a crowd of 115,300.
Notable figures include John F. Kennedy, who gave his "New Frontier" acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1960; Billy Graham’s 1963 crusade (the 134,254 attendance is an all-time Coliseum record), the first-ever Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II in 1987; and Nelson Mandela’s triumphant return to the U.S. in 1990.
The Coliseum was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1984.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) houses one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history - more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The extraordinary collection includes a 63-foot whale skeleton at the entrance; Becoming Los Angeles, a 14,000 square-foot exhibition that explores the city's growth over five centuries; Dinosaur Hall, featuring the world's only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series; and Nature Gardens, a 3.5-acre urban wilderness.
NHM also hosts First Fridays, a popular after hours series with live music, DJs, topical discussions, signature cocktails and more.
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Scheduled to open in 2025, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will celebrate and explore the extraordinary power of visual storytelling. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the museum is co-founded by George Lucas and Mellody Hobson and is a gift to the City of Los Angeles from the Lucas family. The museum's growing collection numbers more than 100,000 objects and spans traditions from Northern European painting to contemporary African sculpture, Japanese ukiyo-e prints, comic art, and an in-depth exploration of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation and visual effects). Along with collection galleries and exhibition spaces, the Lucas Museum will feature daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theatres, café and restaurant, 11 acres of new park space and gardens, and retail and event spaces.